Public policy engagement
Microsoft is proud to be recognized as an engaged leader in accountability and transparency in the public policy process.
Protecting voters from disinformationWe’ve partnered with NewsGuard Technologies to provide high-quality information about the integrity and transparency of online news sites.
Taking steps against threats to democracyWe’re committed to helping protect candidates and campaigns in preserving their voices and votes no matter what party they support.
Facial recognition technologyAdvanced technology, like facial recognition software, can raise human rights protection issues. We acknowledge and accept our responsibility to address these issues.
Companies commit to the Tech AccordTo advance online security and resiliency, 61 global technology and security companies signed a Cybersecurity Tech Accord at the RSA Conference.
Our commitment and approach
Corporate participation in the public policy process helps to enhance the value we provide to shareholders. It is also fundamental to a free and democratic society.
- Program engagement: We join corporate government affairs programs designed to educate and influence elected officials on key public policy issues related to our business.
- Support: We give individual political employee donations through the Microsoft Political Action Committee (MSPAC).
- Transparency: We're transparent about data collection and use to allow users to make informed decisions.
- Collective action: We help to advance our business objectives through memberships in trade associations.
Microsoft Political Action Committee (MSPAC)
Transparency in reporting
Microsoft and our employees participate in the United States political process in a variety of ways.
Defending Democracy ProgramLearn about our program
The CLOUD Act—a big step forwardLearn more about our approachThe cloud has made privacy issues a practical necessity for technology. We recognize and accept the responsibility to help protect public safety and preserve personal privacy.
A Cloud for Global GoodLearn about the updated roadmapIn 2018, we released an updated Cloud for Global Good, a policy road map for governments, industry, and civil society to consider as they realize the opportunities and address the challenges presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Creating a safer digital worldLearn more in the blogAs technology continues to reshape the world, the conflicts between nations are no longer confined to air, land, and sea. The future of internet cybersecurity will require the public and private sector working together over many years.
CPA-Zicklin IndexLearn more about the indexIn 2018, the CPA-Zicklin Index named Microsoft as a “Trendsetter” among the S&P 500 for our leadership in political disclosure and accountability.
FY18 reporting resources
Get the bigger picture
Explore key resources to learn more about our engagement in the public policy process.